Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete

by Joan Steidinger


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Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete by Joan Steidinger

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.

There are now dozens of studies showing how the female brain and hormones operate quite differently than those of men. This book reveals the ways in which these differences confirm that intense emotions about relationships are part of the sporting life for female competitors. Joan Steidinger uses real stories to show that women and girls compete at very high levels, but also have a different view of their teammates and opponents, one based on relationships and communication, that impacts performance both on and off the field. They enjoy and revel in sisterhood, even as they fight to win. Understanding this need for connection helps us better understand how female athletes succeed and perform both in sports and in life. Female athletes and anyone who works with them will learn how to better facilitate mastery, competition, collaboration, and connection on and off the field the practice of female collaborative competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442275867
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/25/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 16.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. She has written columns online for and She has worked as a sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco. In the 1990s, she was a competitive ultrarunner and competitive Ride and Tie participant. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker.

Table of Contents

Author’s Notes
1: Sisterhood in Sports: Talking, Relationships, and the Unique Qualities of Female Athletes
2: Best Friends Forever: Teenage Trials and Building Long Lasting Friendships
3: The Family that Plays Together Stays Together
4: Athletic Moms Challenges
5: Romantic Relationships
6: Body Image of Female Athletes
7: Team Spirit: Practicing Collaboration and Camaraderie
8: Coaches are Cornerstone
9: Pioneering Female Athletes Laid the Foundation
10: Female Collaborative Competition: Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun

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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Sisterhood in Sports by Joan Steidinger tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. The author begins with a primary concern in female athletes’ lives - intimate (emotional) relationships that are necessary to meet the three imperatives for female athletes: seeing, hearing, and speaking. Spliced beautifully with anecdotes, experiences of well known athletes, conversations with other sportswomen, and observations of connected individuals including coaches, this convincing analysis discusses issues of special significance to female athletes. These include: the importance of relationships, the differences in communication styles between males and females, the conflict between competing and collaborating, as well as the impact romance can have on sports. The significance the female brain places on emotional factors and the effect that these will have on an athlete’s performance is also discussed. Sisterhood in Sports by Joan Steidinger is not only for reading. At almost every turn of the page, a helpful hint, or a bulleted list with many hints, appears with the potential to adapt the recommended strategy in practice. An exhaustive list is also provided at the end as notes to make further study on any of the aspects mentioned easy. I found most of the experiences and strategies mentioned in the book, though new (I am not a sportsman!) to me, clearly understandable. After reading this, I am in a better position to appreciate the quandary when newspapers speak of unexplained and sudden shift in caliber or unreliable performance graphs of female athletes. This is an excellent read for all; sportsmen, sportswomen, or those who watch sports.